City Guides 12 months ago My Guide To Florence
It’s officially been over one month we’ve spent in Florence and along the way I’ve racked up some pretty special spots that I’d recommend visiting if you’re ever in town.
Below you will find my favorite places to eat, see, shop and things to do. It isn’t a lengthy list, only my best of the best.
If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments below!
Buca dell’Orafo – This is hands down our favorite spot in Florence and is a place that Grant discovered while studying abroad many, many years ago. The place still holds up! Wednesday nights were always packed with locals and it felt very authentic. Get a florentine steak to share as a second course!
Regina Bistecca al Duomo – This unique place is located near the Duomo and was once an old library. It feels much more modern and has killer cocktails. Their margarita was one of the best I’ve ever had.
Osteria delle Tre Panche – Our friend Joe reommended this adorable hidden gem and it was absolutely fantastic. Think: Truffle everything! You definitely need a reservation because there are only three tables so expect to make some new friends while you eat. It’s very fun and lively and delicious!
Mercado Centrale – This is a perfect lunch spot that offers anything and everything your heart desires. It’s a great spot for kiddo’s because there is so much to look at and you don’t have to worry about screaming children. It’s loud!
Santa Maria Novella – You know how you are always looking for something special while you’re traveling that you cannot find in the United States? Well I have just the place for you! While Santa Maria Novella does have a store in the US and you can purchase it online, there are a few things in this “oldest pharmacy in Florence” that you cannot find in the US such as their special tonics, skincare and medicines. It is truly a special place I highly recommend visiting and having a tea!
Loretta Caponi – My newest discovery in town was when I stumbled across a 50-year-old store, housed in a 14th-century palazzo called Loretta Caponi where I found two pieces that I will treasure forever. I purchased a silk robe and a beautiful made-to-measure nightgown. Warning: It’s quite costly but they have smaller handkerchiefs and things if you’re on a budget. It’s worth popping in to just to see though!
Private Art Class – On a quieter day in between visitors, I signed up for a private art lesson at the Florence Academy of Art where I learned how to draw a live portrait with @tominflorence. It was the most rewarding and hardest three hours I’ve had in a while.
Cooking Class – One of the coolest things we did on our final days in Florence was take a private cooking class with friends. The day started at 9:30am at a local market and we ended up in the cooking studio at La Quercia Estate with the most beautiful people I’ve met in quite some time. Not only did I learn a LOT but it was truly inspiring to see the beautiful property and passionate attitude towards life that the family has.
The Boboli Gardens – I’m a sucker for a good garden and this one did not disappoint. My only regret was not packing an umbrella!
Gucci Garden – This museum is conveniently located and dedicated to the house of Gucci. P.S. It has an AMAZING gift shop with affordable trinkets to take home.